Sunday 18 November 2018

Bullish Leo throws down the gauntlet to pretenders

With an end in sight to the housing crisis, Varadkar is getting increasingly confident

Bring it on: Does Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have ballot-box gold? Photo: Mark Condren
Bring it on: Does Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have ballot-box gold? Photo: Mark Condren
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

The takeaway political news of the week is that Leo Varadkar is supremely confident Fine Gael will win the next general election. Chomping at the bit for an election, some might say. Cocky even. And why wouldn't he be?

With the EU, he appears to have backed the UK into a corner on Brexit; Fine Gael is coasting on a 10-point opinion poll lead over nearest rivals Fianna Fail - with Sinn Fein a distant third, and, from the latest statistics, believe it or not (and I do), the country may have just turned a corner on the housing crisis.

Add to that, Varadkar's super-duper image as a young, gay, mixed-raced, modern leader of one of Europe's most socially progressive countries, with a booming economy to boot, who looks good, reflects well, and, what is there not to be confident about?

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